How Changing your MIND in 2018 can Change your LIFE: Writing Goals for the New Year
We are entering into a new year very soon, and for most people, this is a chance to start fresh in many areas of life - particularly in the area of health and wellness. Today, I want to chat about how changing your mindset can actually change your life.
NOW is the time to start writing your goals for 2018. Do not wait until January to begin writing these goals - this is especially important if you are just starting your weight loss journey. You want to make sure you have those goals in hand, on paper where you can see them and be motivated so you can be successful on January 1st. Here are a few things you can do today to set yourself up for the new year.
Set aside a couple of hours to work on goal setting. Sit down and work on YOU. We get so caught up in work, family, cleaning, cooking dinner, etc, and while those things are important, you also need to carve out time for your own self care. What are you going to do this year to work on YOU? What are your goals? What do you want to be sure to accomplish this year?
Change your goals. Do you always sit down at the beginning of a new year with a goal to lose 10 lbs? Do you continue to write down that same goal year after year? Change your goal! It is not always about the number on the scale. It is not always about weight loss. What are some small changes you can make to set yourself up for sustainable success? Maybe this month your goal can be to focus on getting enough sleep. Maybe the next month you can set a goal to be consistent with hitting your macronutrient goals. And maybe the next month you can focus on getting your workouts in. These goals are far more attainable in your mind than goals that focus solely on weight loss. Do not set an arbitrary goal on just the pounds you want to lose. Set small and attainable goals to work toward every single day, and in doing so, you will accomplish the weight loss in the end.
Make a list of positive influences. Make a goal to surround yourself throughout the year with those people in your life that are going to push you toward the goals you set and speak positively to you. You want to be around people that support you and speak life into you. Remove yourself from negativity and negative people that don’t understand or support you. The new year is the perfect time to do just that - to wipe the slate clean and remove bad energy. Surround yourself with those people that lift you up and encourage you on a daily basis. Re-evaluate your inner circle. Reach out to those that you want near to you and tell them your goals. Finding an accountability partner is key as well. You can reach to them to hold you accountable to going to the gym, to sticking to your macronutrient goals, etc. You can always lean on them when you are having a down day to lift you back up and get on your feet again.
Rethink your reward. What are you going to do to celebrate once you reach your goals? I encourage you to not let it be about food. Do not go out and celebrate with a huge cheat meal and a round of drinks. Make it something else that will be better for you in the long run, such as a spa day or getting a massage. You could also go out and get new clothes, take a day off for a self care day, take a bubble bath, read a book, etc. Try to find a reward that will encourage you in other ways and will not set you back on your journey.
Talk to yourself like you would talk to a friend. What comes out of your mouth speaks so much about what is in your heart. Stop the negative self talk. If you continue to speak those things about yourself, you will start believing them. It will put negative feelings in your heart that will bleed out into every aspect of your life. Would you ever tell your friend that their muffin top is hanging out of their jeans? Of course not! So stop speaking to yourself that way as well.
Do not get on the scale. Your body is constantly changing and you have to realize that. If you have gained weight, it doesn’t necessarily means it is fat - it could be muscle! If your clothes are fitting better, you’re sleeping better, you feel better...then that’s what truly matters! The non-scale victories, such as inches lost, are so much more important. Be sure to take measurements, and go by that instead of the scale. Set your goals by other things and throw the scale away.
Make these changes in your mind so you can make big changes in 2018! If you need a program to help you through this, my LIVING FIT program is kicking off soon! Be sure to join us here.